Jan 24, 2014

Greenville Police Beat

Three incidents of Domestic Violence reported

On Jan. 19 police responded to a domestic abuse call regarding Daniel Griggs. According to the victim, he had come home drunk and accused her of stealing his money. She tried to remove herself from the situation but Griggs shoved her then began repeatedly punching her in the face. He caused bruising and swelling as well as scratches to the area of her left eye. She got away from him and went into the bathroom to call 911. Griggs tried to force the bathroom door open causing a hole and a split in the door’s side. He left the residence when he saw she was calling 911. Greenville Rescue checked her and her mother took her to Wayne Hospital. Griggs was located at 219 Ash St., arrested and transported to Darke County Jail. He had a prior conviction for Domestic Violence on Jan. 17, 2013, so this charge is a Felony 4.

On Jan. 15 police responded to a domestic abuse call regarding Brian Seats, Jr. Seats told the victim he was taking her vehicle but she refused because he didn’t have a driver’s license. Seats became upset and began threatening her, reportedly making statements like “break my jaw” and “kick my a**.” She tried calm him down because a juvenile was in the next room. Seats reportedly attempted to take her phone, she covered it with her pillow. Seats took the pillow and put it over her face. He then began striking her in the head, according to the report. She tried defending herself and he slapped her. Bottom lip appeared puffy but skin wasn’t broken. Seats has been previous convicted of Domestic Violence so this became a 4th degree felony. He was apprehended at 3779 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, arrested for Domestic Violence and transported to Darke County Jail.

On Jan. 17 police responded to 418 E. Water regarding a verbal domestic. Susan Ray was in a verbal argument with her mother, Terri Wyatt. Ray was picking up her belongings because she had moved out. During the argument Ray got upset and broke a small solar light. She was cited for criminal damaging.


On Jan. 15 police were dispatched to 632 Wayne Ave. regarding a burglary. The victim, Joan Mowery, told police someone had entered her residence from the back door and gone to her bedroom. It appeared ransacked. She advised the bedroom was the only place items were missing. Valuables on the ground floor had been untouched. A safe had been taken from a hiding place in the bedroom which contained jewelry, a large sum of money and other valuables. Other valuables had been left behind. Mowery later told police her checkbook had also been stolen; she had cancelled the account. There are no suspects at this time.

On Jan. 16 police were dispatched to the Greenville Police Department regarding a burglary complaint from Erwin Zeiter for stolen items from the First Congregational Church, 115 W. 5th St. Estimated value of items is $1,700. No suspects at this time.

On Jan. 15 police responded to a breaking and entering complaint at a shed in Colonial Trailer Park, Lot 21. An unknown individual broke into the shed and stole property belonging to John DeBord. Nothing else at this time.

On Jan. 13 police responded to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 131 E. Fourth St., regarding a stolen laptop. It was reported by member Mike Meckes. No signs of forced entry. Nothing more at this time.


On Jan. 17 police were dispatched to J&M Tire regarding a possible forgery complaint. The owner, Barry Parin, said a former employee took business checks and has written 16 checks totaling $16,034. Copies of the checks were provided to police. Victim is checking to see if additional checks have been written. Nothing further at this time.


On Jan. 18 police arrested Ty Howell in the 800 block of N. Gray Avenue. He had a warrant for probation violation on a burglary plus a bench warrant for Failure to Comply on serving 15 days out of Greenville Police. He was transported to the Darke County Jail.


On Jan. 20 police responded to a shoplifting call at CVS Pharmacy, 1009 E. Main St. Joe Buckley was cited for theft for taking a bag of candy and a soft drink without paying for them. Buckley was also warned for trespassing.


On Jan. 19 police responded to 1136 E. Main St. regarding criminal damaging. The complainant, Donald Cotterman, told police he and his girlfriend, Christy Wooten, had just broken up and were in the process of moving. Cotterman said a female friend took him to Dayton to see his daughter and when he returned he found the driver’s side window and front windshield of his truck had been shattered. Wooten admitted damaging the truck with a baseball bat. She was mad he had another girl pick him up at the residence. She was cited for criminal damaging.


On Jan. 15 police were dispatched to Greenville National Bank, 114 W. 4th St., regarding a bad checks complaint. According to the bank, the suspect had written four checks, one of them at the Bradford Branch in Miami County. The bank had made numerous contacts with the suspect. Despite promises, the suspect has not repaid the bank. Greenville Police will be submitting the case to the Darke County Prosecutor for review.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.


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